Friday, April 1, 2022

Meet the CB Saxophone Quartet

CB Saxophone Quartet
(left to right) David Southard, Judy Piermarni, Seychelle Dunn-Corbin, John Rabinowitz

The Concord Band's Spring Pops concerts will feature the saxophone section performing as the CB Saxophone Quartet. Since the pandemic restricted large group rehearsals, beginning in 2021 the saxophone section stepped forward to perform as a small ensemble. They performed at the Hastings Park Gazebo in Lexington, the Fruitlands Museum amphitheater in Harvard, and at the Center for Performing Arts in Concord.

There is something about a saxophone quartet that exceeds listeners' expectations. The timbre of voices, ranging from baritone at the low end, through tenor and alto to soprano, lends a breadth and depth of tonality that evokes the finest choral ensembles. The repertoire spans multiple musical styles. The quartet is equally at home performing chamber music, classical transcriptions, modern compositions as well as renditions of ragtime, jazz and popular songs. Performances are varied, dynamic, and exciting.

Collectively, members of the CB Saxophone Quartet represent well over a century of making music, and they are using that experience to dazzle local audiences.

Seychelle Dunn-Corbin
baritone saxophone

Seychelle Dunn-Corbin, baritone saxophone, is a Boston-based saxophonist known for her inclusion, dedication, and advocacy of African American artistry in performance and education. Seychelle is an alumna of Morgan State University; a Historical Black College. She furthered her education at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge studying with classical saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, and in 2019 completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from Boston University. Seychelle worked in education for the Baltimore Public School system, and as faculty at Bunker Hill Community College and Salem State University. Currently, Seychelle performs with the Area 9 Saxophone Quartet, NorthStar Duo, and Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra.

Judy Piermarini
tenor saxophone

Judy Piermarini, tenor saxophone, is a former music educator earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Lowell. Prior to that she was Salutatorian of her high school graduating class. She is a 30 year veteran of the late Artie Barsamian Boston Big Band, recording 3 CDs. She has also been a member of the Leominster Colonial Band for the past 40 years, recording 1 CD, "Number 17 !".  Judy is married to trombonist Steve, and the proud mother of two amazing adult children, John and Amy. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, having pet dogs and cats, traveling, reading, walking, knitting and donating blood. She has also played in various theatre pit orchestras, star shows, concert bands, and sung alto in three church choirs. Presently, Judy is employed by the United States Postal Service and is looking forward to retirement soon. Judy joined the Concord Band shortly after moving to Acton, because she loves to play the tenor saxophone and was looking for a local concert band to perform in as music provides her a great sense of purpose and joy. She has been a member for 28 years and is still in a quest to find the perfect reed!

John Rabinowitz
alto saxophone

John Rabinowitz, alto saxophone, and has studied classical saxophone with Ken Radnofsky at the Longy School and the New England Conservatory, and jazz performance with Mark Phaneuf at the New School of Music in Cambridge. John is a founding member of the Area 9 Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to exploring diverse and ever-growing chamber music repertoire for saxophone, and also performs with the Charles River Wind Ensemble. John has been an active music educator in greater Boston since 1999. John maintained a private piano studio focused on classical repertoire and pedagogy through 2015, and has been teaching saxophone both online and in person since 2018. As a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Woodwind Society, John has co-sponsored a series of saxophone master classes for the benefit of students at the New England Conservatory and Boston University. A native of Nutley, New Jersey, John earned a BA in American History from Harvard College. He currently resides in Arlington. Since joining the ensemble in 2012, John has relished his experience with the Concord Band, and has grown both as an individual player and as a musical collaborator. John has served on the Board of Trustees since 2013.

David Southard
soprano saxophone

David Southard performs on soprano saxophone in the quartet and alto saxophone with the Band. He began music lessons on his family’s spinet organ in elementary school, switched to saxophone in middle school, and studied clarinet in college. He has enjoyed performing in concert bands, big bands, as well as musical theatre and jazz ensembles. Since emigrating from California and joining the Concord Band in 1988, David has performed as soloist on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, as well as serving as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees. David earned a doctorate in computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and works at MedAcuity LLC, Westford, as a software consultant for the medical devices industry. David resides in Bedford with his spouse, Tina. His three children are Nox, a student at John Glenn Middle School, Noah, a student at Temple University, and Kaden, a researcher at Sloan Kettering Institute, NYC. As a self-ascribed saxophone nerd, David's quest is to find the ultimate mouthpiece!

CB Saxophone Quartet Performances

PRISMS 2 (October 23, 2021)
Holiday Pops (December 11, 2021)